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FC Barcelona announce squad for Copa del Rey quarterfinals against Athletic Bilbao

Quique Setién has called up 20 players for the trip to San Mamés

FC Barcelona v Leganes - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana face a very tough trip to San Mamés for a one-game Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Athletic Bilbao, and Quique Setién has called up the following 20 players for the trip to the Basque Country:


Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 26. Iñaki Peña

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Junior Firpo, 33. Ronald Araujo

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 8. Arthur, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. Frenkie De Jong, 22. Arturo Vidal, 28. Riqui Puig, 30. Álex Collado

Forwards: 10. Lionel Messi, 17. Antoine Griezmann, 31. Ansu Fati


The good news ahead of this game is the return of Arturo Vidal, who has been given the medical clearance from a thigh bruise and will be in uniform. The usual suspects are injured: Luis Suárez (knee), Ousmane Dembélé (hamstring) and Neto (ankle). Two players will watch from the stands when the final 18-man squad is released.

Predicted starting XI (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Firpo; Vidal, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Ansu Fati


The match kicks off at 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Friday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.

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